Behind the curve in the 60s, the 70s clicked for the singer musically and 'he exploited what he had in a way that was all-consuming,' writes the author.
The son of a cinema usherette and a promotions officer for Bernardo's, a children's charity, Bowie, born David Jones, stated it was a happy childhood but also a lonely one.'I saw people deprived around me and kids going to school with their shoes falling apart and kids looking like urchins.
But there was a dark cloud over his mother's side of the family that was riddled with mental instability.
Two or three of his aunts committed suicide; three of his mother's sisters were described as nuts, and one even had a lobotomy because of 'bad nerves'.
But he went through life looking for his brother and missed him.
Throughout the mid-1960s, Bowie struggled to find the right music group, the right image, reinventing himself every 18 months to get attention.
At 18, he was wearing a blue dressing gown and full makeup.Hey I've been offered an en-suite in Cavendish Halls and I don't really want to ask for a reallocation but I've seen a lot of people saying that if they were to get Cavendish hall they'd change and all stuff like this, is it really that bad or are people just over-reacting and it's fine? Rock legend David Bowie was consumed by his sex addiction which drove him to sleep with 13-year-old girls, engage in wild orgies, and declare his bisexuality with a 'permanent erection,' a new book reveals.'David Bowie was his very own creation, his very own work of art.This was the boy from postwar Brixton [a district of south London] with his sights set on the world,' writes author and British GQ editor Dylan Jones in his exhaustive and fascinating new biography, David Bowie: A Life, to be published by Crown Archetype on September 7.'His entire professional career was one of myth, legend and invention.'Bowie broke out of the monochrome world of his upbringing in southeast England in the 70s dressed like a pansexual spaceman in a Day-Glo jumpsuit, sashaying across the screen like a 1920s film star, with dyed flame-red hair.
He was off and running with a record deal and slowly morphing into his Ziggy Stardust period, a record he made in 1972.